Purchasing a device through a carrier comes with one major downside: the bloatware. Any device, no matter the hardware manufacturer, will ship with software that just takes up space and will never be used. It has gotten better over time but bloatware is still an issue. Nexus devices always remained the exception to the rule as Google kept the experience pure and the way Android is meant to be seen. This year, the Nexus 6 will be available through select carriers. And at least the Nexus 6 sold through AT&T will be packed with bloatware. Most of them are AT&T’s, covering things like account information and navigation. Fortunately, it can all be removed (which at one point was not possible).
So maybe it is indeed a good thing that Verizon is not selling the Nexus 6 itself at this time.
An update is being rolled out to the Android Wear app, but it is not the full-scale version we recently learned of. This is primarily for users of Android Wear on Lollipop. And it is all design related for the most part. Things have been rearranged just for easier navigation. The update does include media playback notifications. That is something missing prior to today. But again, you will not notice much of anything if you are running the app pre-Lollipop.
Hit the break for download links to both the Play Store Play Store downloads.
Four new commercials have been released by Google demonstrating Android’s seamless experience across multiple form factors. After all, the platform’s tagline is “Be together. Not the same.” The commercials are fun due to the Androidify characters present in each. The music is interesting and the characters are full of life and Android goodness. These are commercials you will definitely watch when airing on television rather than skipping over with a DVR.
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Over the last several years, as computers became more powerful and take increasingly different form factors, the landscape changed so that it is no longer unusual for users to have several devices at their disposal. With all these devices, it is not uncommon for a user to find themselves working on something on one device and needing to transition to another device. Apple recently introduced Continuity features as part of iOS and OS X Yosemite to address this need. Not to be outdone by one of their major rivals, Samsung announced at their developer conference that they too are working on a system called Flow intended to address similar consumer needs.
The Lollipop update is rolling to Nexus devices as we speak, but it could take up to a week till your device receives it. If you’re the impatient type, we have all the instructions to get Lollipop up and running in no time. You can download and flash the appropriate factory image for your device.
Now there are a couple of caveats. The first is that your bootloader must be unlocked. It’s not a big deal to unlock it, but the only issue with that is that your device will be wiped clean as in you will lose all your data. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the OTA update, which keeps your data. If you happen to already have an unlocked bootloader, you can flash the factory image without wiping your data. Depending on your situation, we have two sets of instructions for you right after the break.
For those who have been living under a rock, Motorola did it for a second year in a row and by that we mean that the Lenovo company is the first to push out Google’s newest OS flavor. This time, instead of the Moto X getting the OTA first, it’s the little budget phone that could, the Moto G. Although, the Moto X is getting it now too. However if you’re like the rest of us — and ridiculously impatient — you may want to take matters into your own hands and thanks to Redditor NooJoisey now you can.
What do we have here? Maybe the Nubia Z9. Someone snapped a photo (above) of what is potentially the upcoming flagship ZTE smartphone. On the left and right sides, there are incredibly thin bezels. The top and right, though, not so much. It has giant white space. So this device is going to be tall. The top features the camera, ambient light sensor, and earpiece. The bottom is bare as it only has the Nubia series’ home button.
Nothing is confirmed at this time, but this could be an indication that we are going to find out more soon.
AnTuTu has released their top 10 performance rankings for smartphones for the third quarter of 2014. At the top of the list is the Meizu MX4 which made a statement with its MediaTek processor in holding off other contenders. MediaTek also grabbed the second spot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite the prowess of the chip, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line still powered most of the devices in the top 10.
If you are the kind of person who does not like to wait for something like an OTA update to roll around to your mobile device in order to get the latest operating system update from Google, you may be glad to know that factory images for several Nexus devices have now been posted. If you own a Nexus 5, a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 version), or a Nexus 10, you can download the factory images from the Android Developers site.
If you go this route, you do need to know how to manually install the image on your device. That is not an overly complicated process, but it does require a few tools and the ability to do some research if you run into problems.
Updates to Android Lollipop for the 3G/4G LTE versions of the Nexus 7 as well as the Nexus 4 are not yet available. Hopefully it will not be much longer for those to surface.
source: Android Developers
Google has been working on updating all of their apps to use the newer Material Design standard, and Google Keep is next on the list. Keep has always been up to snuff with Google’s design standards, so this Material Design update shouldn’t surprise anyone.
It doesn’t look like there’s much else in the update, but you can grab the app from the link below.